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Season 04, Episode 01 LBJ (1)

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Oct 1, 1991
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LBJ (1) Oct 1, 1991 LBJ's career started in 1938 when he was elected a congressman, one of the youngest ever. He was elected to the Senate in 1948 under a cloud of suspicion. LBJ won by only 87 votes. In 1954, when the Democrats took over the Senate, LBJ became the youngest majority leader ever at age 46. In 1957, LBJ engineered passage of the first civil rights bill since Reconstruction, but the bill had too many compromises and no teeth. By 1960, LBJ felt he was ready for the presidency, but John Kennedy got there first and then picked LBJ as his vice president.

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Season 04, Episode 02 LBJ (2)

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Oct 2, 1991
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LBJ (2) Oct 2, 1991 Lyndon Johnson's ascension to the Presidency and the controversial events of his tenure such as the Great Society and the Vietnam War are chronicled here.

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Season 04, Episode 03 The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry

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Oct 15, 1991
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The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry Oct 15, 1991 The first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers who fought in the Civil War, the 54th's roster included shopkeepers, clerks, cobblers and seamen. They knew the eyes of the nation would be on them at a time when many whites insisted that black soldiers were too cowardly to fight. By the war's end, 180,000 black troops filled the Union ranks.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Barnum's Big Top

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Oct 15, 1991
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Barnum's Big Top Oct 15, 1991 P.T. Barnum was huckster, con man, promoter and entertainer. His American Museum featured ancient relics side by side with such "living curiosities" as lions, snakes, bearded ladies and Siamese twins. In 1871 he took the whole show on the road; it traveled by rail. Barnum introduced the idea of three rings, and his "Jumbo the Elephant" added a new word to the English language. By the time he teamed up with James Bailey, his circus had become "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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Season 04, Episode 05 Scandalous Mayor

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Oct 29, 1991
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Scandalous Mayor Oct 29, 1991 James Michael Curley dominated Boston's politics for almost half a century, building a sophisticated political machine based on rhetoric, old-fashioned patronage and sheer personal will. In 1903, he ran a campaign from jail and won; he overpowered opponents with charisma and intelligence, and if that didn't work, he smeared them. Curley's colorful, combative style seized the imagination of the community because he thumbed his nose at the Yankee establishment.

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Season 04, Episode 06 Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance

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Nov 12, 1991
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Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance Nov 12, 1991 The shock of what happened on December 7, 1941 has made Pearl Harbor a synonym for deceit and unpreparedness. Produced for the 50th anniversary, this examination of events shows the attack could have been foreseen -- the US and Japan had been on a collision course for years. A minute-by-minute account, on both sides of the Pacific, leading up to the surprise attack that Sunday morning.

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Season 04, Episode 07 G-Men: The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover

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Nov 19, 1991
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G-Men: The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover Nov 19, 1991 The rise of the FBI from a minor government bureaucracy to the premiere law enforcement agency in the world under the controversial leadership of J. Edgar Hoover.

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Season 04, Episode 08 Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo

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Dec 10, 1991
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Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo Dec 10, 1991 At a time when black and white musicians rarely performed together, when black musicians were exploited by record companies, Ellington was an international star. He made the Cotton Club his showcase for original jazz compositions, some of the most exiting music America had ever heard. Underscored with more than 40 Ellington pieces.

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Season 04, Episode 09 The Quiz Show Scandal

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Jan 7, 1992
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The Quiz Show Scandal Jan 7, 1992 When CBS premiered The $64,000 Question in 1955, the show was more than a hit; it was a national phenomenon. More quiz shows followed. What the audience was to learn, much later, was that many of these shows were fixed. Slowly, painfully, the deceit unravelled. A look at the formative years of television and the scandal's impact on the TV business and a naive America.

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Season 04, Episode 10 Love in the Cold War

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Jan 14, 1992
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Love in the Cold War Jan 14, 1992 Eugene Dennis fled to Moscow to avoid indictment and prison for his work for the American Communist Party in the late 1920s; his wife Peggy and 18-month-old son soon followed. In 1935, they were reassigned to America but ordered to leave behind their five-year-old who spoke only Russian. A second son, born in America, offers an honest and touching examination of the lives of his parents, whose political beliefs tore the family apart.

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Season 04, Episode 11 Wild by Law

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Jan 28, 1992
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Wild by Law Jan 28, 1992 For years there was no federal law to protect the shrinking wilderness from encroaching industry and tourism, until three men dedicated their lives to finding a remedy. Robert Marshall, Aldo Leopold, the prophet of the modern environmental movement, and Howard Zahniser struggled for decades to create a permanent system of federally protected wilderness areas. The fruit of their efforts, the Wilderness Act, passed in 1964.

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Season 04, Episode 12 In the White Man's Image

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Feb 18, 1992
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In the White Man's Image Feb 18, 1992 Documentary on the late 19th/early 20th century educational effort to teach Native Americans to adopt western cultural ways and abandon their own traditions.

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